Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction through Community-Based Management of Walnut Forests and Pastures

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Project at-a-glance
Project Name Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction through Community-Based Management of Walnut Forests and Pastures
Project Number 2013.9752.0
Sector/Subsector Natural resources
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Project Opening Date 14 Jan 2014
Project Closing Date 31 Aug 2018
Responsible Institution
Responsible International Financial Institution German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Responsible Executive Agencies

State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry under the government of the Kyrgyz Republic

Objectives
Strategic Agenda

Sustainable use of natural resources

Description

Despite their limited extent, the woodlands of Kyrgyzstan form an important hotspot of biological diversity. Many domesticated varieties of fruit and nut trees originate in the walnut and wild fruit forests in the south of the country. Preserving these wild species has global significance. The forests also help regulate the water cycle in downstream areas, and the livelihoods of local people are highly dependent on the natural resources, in particular on the use of nuts, pasture and timber.

With an accelerating rate of glacier melt, Kyrgyzstan is now one of the countries of the world most severely affected by global climate change. The existing system of forest and pasture management is not adapted to the changes and it is expected to exacerbate soil erosion, landslides and the ongoing deterioration of pasture and forest resources.

The relevant state structures have not yet succeeded in resolving conflicts over land use or in developing innovative forms of land management involving the participation of local people. Nor are the local communities in a position to introduce sustainable management models which conserve biodiversity, adapt to climate change and increase local incomes.

Source of Funding

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Amount of Funding

5 000 000  Euro

Project Outcome

Since February 2015, thanks to monthly information tours in the project areas, local community members improved their knowledge of sustainable pasture and forest management techniques. In the course of raising awareness about the uniqueness of this environment, we for example supported our partners to initiate and carry out the first “Walnut Festival” in autumn 2014 in Jalal-Abad.

Contact Information of International Financial Institution
Organization/Department Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Name Edith Koshkin
Address Erkindik Blvd 22, Bishkek
Postal Code 720040
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 909 070
E-mail

edith.koshkin@giz.de

Website

www.giz.de

Contact Information of International Financial Institution - 2
Organization/Department Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Name Dr. Stepan Uncovsky
Address 6, M.Jumabaev str., Kurmanbek microdistrict
Province/State Jalal-Abad
Postal Code 720900
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (312) 909 340
E-mail

stepan.uncovsky@giz.de

Website

www.giz.de

Contact Information of Project Implementer
Organization/Department UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry
Name Simon Charre
Province/State Jalal-Abad oblast
Country Kyrgyz Republic
Phone +996 (771) 238 806
E-mail

simon.charre@unique-landuse.de